Interview: Diana Fernández

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Interview: Diana Fernández

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Diana Fernández during OXYGEN – FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES in Bogota‘.

Diana Fernandez immerses us in a fractal universe through her sculptures. Since 1982 she has participated in over 275 national and international group exhibitions and 19 solo shows. Her artwork is part of important art collections in Europe and America. The International Sculpture Center, classified her as the professional sculptor whose chisel revitalizes ancient alabaster with a contemporary language. She has earned several awards, among which is worth noting her anthological Exhibition, a Tribute to her Sculptural Work by FUNSILEC, 2016 and many other recognitions, as the Guatemala Biennial Honorable Mention and the National School of Arts Unique Sculptor Prize. She also was chosen to exhibit in December and January 2016-17, at It’s Liquid, OXYGEN – FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES at Jorge Jurado Gallery, Bogotá and at Contemporary Venice, Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Italy.

 

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?

Diana Fernández – Movement is the design element that operates in the fourth dimension – time. Movement is the process of relocation of objects in space over time and womanhood is an ever-changing conceptualization, a fluid idea that evolutions, a biological fact that has created various implications for cultures all over the world.

 

L. C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

D. F. – Movement, that is change, involves both space and time, at least one dimension of space and one dimension of time, like womanhood, that nurtures culture and society allowing evolution through cultural memory, that movement I represent and assimilate it through my sculptures.

 

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L. C. – What is your creative process like?

D. F. – My creative process begins as soon as I open my eyes, every day. A slight movement, a shadow, a leaf of a tree, any movement inspires me. In addition, when I touch the stone first thing in my workshop, I expose myself to the strength of society, which is feminine, like my alabaster.

 

L. C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

D. F. – My language has evolved with movement. At first, my artwork was rigid and quite figurative. As time passed, the stone has become more flexible and has taken me ever more deeply through its movement and our female depth.

 

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L. C. – What do you think about the concept of OXYGEN – FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES? In which way did inspire you?

D. F. – Culture is composed of fragments and that is the oxygen of our future. My fractal artwork on alabaster responds with loyalty to the concept.

 

L. C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

D. F. – The role of the artist has always been that of the transgressor, who challenges the status quo, makes the public feel, and think beyond what is established.

 

L. C. – Do you think It’s LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?

D. F. – “It’s Liquid” is fluid as its name, the opportunity for artists to exhibit abroad along with other international artists and expose our artworks to new publics, is a huge fluid opportunity for all of us. Thank you, Architect Luca Curci and your team!

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